Sunday, October 30, 2016

Winter Coasters

   Today's post is going to be the first of two parts. This first post is going to be on some winter coasters created from disks that my friends husband cut. The following post will be on some tree decorations also created from wooden disks.
    First off I must thank Jennifer McGuire for all of her inspiration and creative ideas, she is one talented lady. As you have probably figured out this idea originated from her, making these small wooden tags. For my creations I have taken that same idea and turned them into these wonderful coasters which will adorn my tables during the Canadian winter months. Although I despise being cold this frosty polar bear from "My Favorite Things" would be perfectly suitable for the up coming temperatures.  
   Now, I must admit that colouring these images with Prisma coloured pencils made for an easy and controlled way to colour on wood. Prisma pencils are a nice and creamy pencil that covers well. My daughter did try this method using other coloured pencils but the results were not quite the same. Although, she did however come up with a brilliant idea of stamping a summer image on the opposite side, now all she has to do is flip them over and a new season appears.
  One other thing I did discover was that applying one or two coats of Poly Urethane after the initial colouring, then, going over this thin coat touching up some of the shading or re-colouring the white really helped the colours from sinking or disappearing into the wood.
   These coasters were hard to photograph as there were many layers of finish applied to them, I'm sure you will still get the idea.

 




Have a great day,
Susan

Saturday, October 22, 2016

Returning to Blog Land

   Well its time to get back in the saddle as they say, a new laptop so no excuses. I now need to figure out how this program works, plus make time and commitment  to share and blog. Here it goes.
  I have to say even though my blogging was at a standstill my creativity continued on, many projects were created and many of those flew out the door.
    Papertrey Ink puts out some fantastic products. Every time I think "this year I am not going to order anything", I am mistaken. Over the past few years not only have I purchased their "Make It and Market" kits but I have also added many of their seasonal items such as these adorable Christmas mitts and stockings, These sweet handcrafted wool felt mittens adorned my table holding the cutlery at each place setting adding an extra special holiday feel.
   The stockings on the other hand were added to gifts as labels, used as gift card holders or for a small treat or gift. The first two in particular were made for my super, wonderful, amazing grandchildren.
   Not only do they make wonderful gifts, they are also super portable, making them the perfect on the go project.





Have a great day,
Susan